Richard, Girard win pair in mixed doubles curling
Norm Richard and Debbie Girard of the Richmond Curling Club won two of three games at the inaugural B.C. Mixed Doubles Championships held last weekend at the North Shore Winter Club.
Touted as a possible Olympic sport as soon as the 2018 Games, the game is made up of one male and one female curler and played over eight ends instead of the usual 10. Each team has only six stones and one of those stones from each team is prepositioned on the centre line before every end of play. One player delivers the first and last stones of the end while the other player throws the second, third and fourth stones. If they choose to, the two players may swap positions from one end to the next. Both team members are also allowed to sweep.
Sixteen teams entered the championship, with the winning pair (Dezaray Hawes and Tyler Tardi) advancing to the Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials March 14 to 17 in Leduc, Alta.